Recommendations of the Delta Commission

Climate change can cause flooding. The Delta Commission therefore made recommendations on how to protect the Netherlands – both the coastal regions and inland areas – from flooding in the future.

Protection against flooding

The Delta Commission set out to answer two key questions: how can the Netherlands be protected from flooding? And how can we ensure that future generations will continue to find it an attractive place in which to live, work and spend their leisure time?

The main issues considered by the Commission were:

  • water
  • housing
  • work and employment
  • recreation
  • agriculture
  • nature
  • infrastructure (public works)
  • spatial planning.

The Delta Commission's recommendations are aimed at:

  • protecting the country against flooding
  • ensuring sufficient freshwater supplies.

The Delta Commission concluded that flood protection measures needed improving. The existing agreements stem from the 1960s and were therefore out of date, in the Commission's view.

Twelve recommendations for the future

The Delta Commission made 12 recommendations, covering the following issues:

  • new standards for dike construction;
  • whether or not to build in low-lying, flood-prone areas;
  • vulnerable areas in greatest need of action: the North Sea coast, the Wadden Sea area, the Southwest Delta, the central delta, the Rotterdam area (Rijnmond), and the IJsselmeer region;
  • how to organise the political, administrative and financial aspects of flood protection.

The Delta Act

Following the Commission’s main recommendation, a new Delta Act was introduced. This law:

  • obliges the government to update the Delta Programme every year;
  • describes the responsibilities and powers of the Delta Commissioner;
  • sets out the agreements for financing the Delta Programme.